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Porky’s (1981)

In Florida in the late 1950s, a gang of fun-loving horny teenage boys from Angel Beach High seeks revenge against the redneck proprietor of Porky’s (a local honky-tonk strip joint bar-cum-whorehouse) after they are ripped off and thrown out.

Pee Wee (Dan Monahan), Tommy (Wyatt Knight), Billy (Mark Herrier) and Mickey (Roger Wilson) wreak havoc on high school teachers Balbricker (Nancy Parsons) and Honeywell (Kim Cattrall) in the process.

Their quest to lose their virginity leads them to all sorts of zany situations, from the mother of all shower scenes, to a romp with an ear-splitting Kim Cattrall, to a raucous and fateful visit to the titular strip club.

It’s a poor man’s Animal House (1978) but the sheer tastelessness of the whole affair still manages to exude a strange charm.

Director Bob Clark makes a few misguided nods to serious issues such as anti-Semitism but, for the most part, he sticks to a seamless mix of vulgar sexual gags and spectacular slapstick that is most definitely not PC – but is often hugely entertaining, nevertheless. Clark died in a tragic car crash in 2007.

Despite a meagre budget and a mostly no-name cast, Porky’s went on to become one of the highest-grossing Canadian films of all time and remains a cult classic.

Two substandard sequels followed in 1983 (Porky’s II: The Next Day) and 1985 (Porky’s Revenge).

Pee Wee
Dan Monahan
Mark Herrier
Wyatt Knight
Roger Wilson
Cyril O’Reilly
Tony Ganios
Kim Cattrall
Kaki Hunter
Miss Balbricker
Nancy Parsons
Brian Schwartz
Scott Colomby
Cherry Forever
Susan Clark
Sheriff Wallace
Alex Karras
Chuck Mitchell

Bob Clark